Our top priority is the safety and security of our patients and staff at Planned Parenthood. If you are planning a visit to one of our centers, please see the information below about protesters
What attracts protesters to Planned Parenthood?
Planned Parenthood offers a wide range of reproductive health care for all, including abortion services. Protesters that target our health centers generally do not support safe, legal access to abortion services. This is why they target our health centers for protest locations.
Will there be protesters outside at my next visit?
Occasionally we do have protesters, but not at all of our locations and not at all times of the day. We typically see protesters in the morning hours, on the first Saturday of the month, and on weekends. During these times, you will typically see 2-5 people protesting, however, this can vary by location and time or day.
What can protesters do?
Protesters do have the right to express their views on public sidewalks, they can hold signs, pass out pamphlets, and speak with others. You are allowed to say “no, thank you” or “please, leave me alone” to decline their offer to speak with you. You do not have to take anything from them or speak with them after declining to do so, and they should respect your rights. Legally, they are not allowed to touch you, make threats, block your way to or from the health center or the parking lot, or continue to speak with you or follow you after declining.
General Safety Tips:
- Travel with someone, if possible
- Always have your keys ready before walking to your vehicle
- Avoid distractions when walking to your vehicle
- Lock your door and close your windows when you leave your vehicle
Here at Planned Parenthood, we want to ensure you have a safe visit. If you feel your rights were violated or you feel unsafe, please let someone at the health center know or contact the local police department's non-emergency line in your region. This information can be found below with the corresponding health center.